Cantabria by Bike

"Los 10000 del Soplao"
Mountain Bike Marathon

Route 72

By: Michael González Harbour

Basic Data

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10000 del soplao mapa

164 / 102
Cumulative ascent: meters/feet
4794 / 15724
Maximum height: meters/feet
1272 / 4172
14:47 hours
Beginning and end location
Cabezón de la Sal
May 2008
Recommended period
Spring, summer, autum


10000 del soplao perfil

Pictures of May 2008

Some of the pictures are from ForoCantabriaMTB, ForoMTB, Montaraz, Ana, Pedro, and Javier. Thanks to all the photographers!

We give our best wishes to the fellow participants.
We are almost 700 bikers in Cabezón de la Sal!

The ascent known as "las Lastras", covered in mud,
makes us walk in some sections

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We cross the river Quivierda, near Carmona. We were already wet,
so a little more water doesn't mind

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This is me, near the ascent to Mount Aa
The group of friends from ForoCantabriaMTB with whom
I trained. They had organized a banquet in Ucieda!

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The hard ascent to the pass of Cruz de Fuentes crosses
an impressive forest

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We find lots of horses, near the pass of Cruz de Fuentes

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The fog covers the pass of Palombera

The views of the deep valley, as seen from the ascent to Venta Vieja,
are impressive

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The ascent to Venta Vieja, in its final section, now with less mud

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Putting the lights on the bike, to start the last ascento to el Moral

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Arriving in Cabezón, at dark, at 22:47.

Pictures of May 2009

We are 1200 bikers at the start in Cabezón

We form a long line of cyclists while we climb up Monte Corona

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With the initial ramps of La Cocina the "hell" begins
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When we exit the fog near La Florida
we get beautiful views

  Some sun rays start to warm us up. It is a good biking day
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From the parking of El Soplao we can see Peña Sagra, still with a little snow

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During the ascent to Monte Aa we enjoy the views of Carmona,
  with the Picos de Europa behind

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  This is me, near Ucieda

The clouds cover the mountains

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The track of Venta Vieja has dried up
and we can cycle on it

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We share the ascent with a herd of horses

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The views from  Venta Vieja are just great
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  The last ascent to El Moral, with the evening light

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To go down to Cabezón we must go into the cold fog,
but it doesn't matter: we have the end at the reach of our finger tips


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